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Ex Xiaomi Global Vice President Hugo Barra will join Facebook to lead its virtual reality endeavors. The announcement arrives via a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg and follows just three days after Barra announced his resignation from Xiaomi.

“Hugo shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform,” wrote Zuckerberg. “They’ll enable us to experience completely new things and be more creative than ever before. Hugo is going to help build that future.”

The Facebook post included an animated image of Barra and Justin Timberlake Zuckerberg sitting side-by-side in what appears to be the Facebook offices. It features the same style as the digital avatars Facebook showed off at its Oculus Connect conference last year.

“Hugo’s in China right now,” wrote Zuckerberg. “So here we are together in VR. It seems fitting.”

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Barra previously worked at Google supporting its Android efforts before leaving to help build Xiaomi’s international reputation from Beijing. He joined in 2013, in a year which saw Xiaomi sell an estimated 18.7 million smartphones. In 2015, Xiaomi confirmed 70 million smartphone sales.

Announcing his split with Xiaomi, Barra said the “singular environment” had taken a huge toll on his life and health and that he wanted to be back in Silicon valley near family and friends.

Scott Adam Gordon
Scott Adam Gordon is a European correspondent for Android Authority. Originally from the UK, Scott has been tinkering with Android phones since 2011 and writing about them full-time since 2014. He now lives in Berlin with three roommates he never sees. Befriend him on Twitter and Google+ at the links.
  • chris

    Hugo knows how to rebond.

  • Nobody gives the real reason why they leave an executive post, it’s always something politically correct. He says he misses Silicon Valley but there must have been a falling out between him and Xiaomi management a while ago given his comments a month or two ago about Xiaomi not making any money from sales of phones. Also, I think he must have had the Facebook gig coming along for at least the past month. I don’t believe he just landed this job so soon after announcing his departure from Xiaomi.

  • Choda Boy

    BARF!